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Application & Enrollment Key Dates

Note: admission is rolling unless otherwise noted

Program Application Opens Application & Materials Deadlines Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
Academic Year Programs (2019-20)
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers (academic year)

Academic Year '19-'20: June 16, 2019

Fall: Aug 21

Winter: Dec 14

Spring Jan 2

Prior to the first class* 2 weeks prior to the first class
Tufts Research Experience (academic year)

Fall: Jul 1

Spring: Oct 1

Fall: Aug 15

Spring: Dec 15

Fall: Sep 1

Spring: Dec 30 

Fall: Sep 18

Spring: Jan 15

6 Week Summer Programs (Summer 2019)
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers (summer) Dec 1

S1: May 15

S2: Jun 15

Prior to the first class* 2 weeks prior to the first class
Tufts College Experience Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 8
Tufts Summer Research Experience Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 8
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs (Summer 2019)
Engineering Design Lab Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 22
International Relations Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 29
Leadership for Social Change Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Mini-Med School Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Programming & App Design Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 22
Studio Art at the SMFA Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Short Term Abroad
Tufts Summit TBD TBD Contact France@tufts.edu Contact France@tufts.edu

*Check the course dates in the course listing for more details.

Program Eligibility

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs, although please note we cannot sponsor visas during the academic year. This page includes instructions for both types of students.

For residential students, please note: you must be at least 15 and no older than 17 at the start of the program.

Student Eligibility by Program
Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
Academic Year Programs (2019-2020)
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate-level courses)
Tufts Research Experience Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start
6 Week Summer Programs (Summer 2019)
Summer Session for High Schoolers Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate-level courses)
Tufts College Experience Entering Grades 11-12
Tufts Summer Research Experience Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs (Summer 2019)
Engineering Design Lab Entering Grades 10-12
International Relations Entering Grades 11-12
Leadership for Social Change Entering Grades 10-12
Mini-Med School Entering Grades 10-12
Programming & App Design Entering Grades 10-12
Studio Art at SMFA at Tufts Entering Grades 10-12
Summer Study Abroad
Tufts Summit Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start, 2+ years of formal French instruction

Non-Native English Speakers

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will be asked to submit documents demonstrating your proficiency in English. The following are our eligibility standards:

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Test or Course Test Score or Course Grade
Internet-Based TOEFL 100 or above
IELTS 7.0 or above
All-English High School or Middle School Transcript demonstrating 1+ years

Pre-College Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Pre-College review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at courses@tufts.edu or 617-627-0609.

Disclaimer: This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program. Tufts reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.”

Admitted Students

Deposit to Reserve a Seat

Admitted students may reserve their seat by submitting a non-refundable deposit. Until a deposit is received, the student is not guaranteed a spot in the program.

The non-refundable deposit is as follows:

Program Non-refundable Deposit
Academic Year Programs (2019-2020)
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)
Tufts Research Experience $550
6 Week Programs (Summer 2019)
Summer Session for High Schoolers n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)
Tufts College Experience $550
Tufts Summer Research Experience $550
2 and 3 Week Intensive Programs (Summer 2019)
Engineering Design Lab $550
International Relations $550
Leadership for Social Change $550
Programming & App Design $550
Studio Art at SMFA at Tufts $550
Summer Study Abroad
Tufts Summit $500

This deposit will be requested through the application system and can be paid directly in your application account.

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirm enrollment with final program materials and fees. In order to be considered enrolled in the program, students are required to pay the balance of their program fees and to submit additional documentation that will enable us to ensure their safe participation in our programs. Students will not be able to start the program if their payment and forms have not been received by the deadlines outlined below. Final payment for programs can be made through your application account. Please seen the “Key Dates” section above for exceptions. Please note:

  • Students not paying in full by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program. No refunds will be issued if the withdraw is after the refund deadline.
  • Students submitting applications after the final payment due date will be required to make their payment in full to reserve their seat in the program in lieu of a deposit

In addition to making the final payment, there are a series of waivers and documents that students must submit to ensure a safe program experience. These forms will be requested through the Admitted Student portal or through email after admission. Here is a sample of the forms, individual students may be required to submit other forms

  • All Students
    • Program dependent – Health Information
    • Program dependent – Health Consent
    • Program dependent – Immunization Record demonstrating vaccines or history of the disease for: TDAP, MMR (2 doses), Meningitis (last 5 years, residential students only), and Varicella (2 doses)
    • Parent Agreement
    • Student Agreement
    • Consent to Release Student Information
    • Publicity Consent
    • Obligation to Pay
  • Commuter Students
    • Commuter Travel Information and Waiver
  • Residential Students
    • Roommate selection form
    • Travel Information form
    • Student ID information
    • Waiver to leave campus without a chaperone
  • Students Enrolled in Health Science Honors
    • Supplemental Release
  • International Students
    • International Student Information Form

Please note that enrollment in any Tufts Pre-College Program is contingent on the receipt of the fees and materials described above.

International Students

Visa Application

Summer at Tufts welcomes international students in all of its programs. However, visa options and requirements will be different depending on your intended summer program and your current visa situation (if applicable).

Please note that Tufts University is not authorized to sponsor F-1 visas for our Pre-College Programs. However, international students interested in the Pre-College Programs may have other visa options. The Tufts International Center can advise you on your individual situation. Please click here to consult this informational page on the International Center web site for more details, or email the International Center directly at icenter.summer@tufts.edu.